"Sometimes I wonder.... Can a ghost find you if she wants to?"
An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.
Enter Ross Wakeman, a suicidal drifter who has put himself in mortal danger time and again. He's driven his car off a bridge into a lake. He's been mugged in New York City and struck by lightning in a calm country field. Yet despite his best efforts, life clings to him and pulls him ever deeper into the empty existence he cannot bear since his fiancée's death in a car crash eight years ago. Ross now lives only for the moment he might once again encounter the woman he loves. But in Comtosook, the only discovery Ross can lay claim to is that of Lia Beaumont, a skittish, mysterious woman who, like Ross, is on a search for something beyond the boundary separating life and death.
Thus begins Jodi Picoult's enthralling and ultimately astonishing story of love, fate, and a crime of passion. Hailed by critics as a "master" storyteller (Washington Post), Picoult once again "pushes herself, and consequently the reader, to think about the unthinkable" (Denver Post). Second Glance, her eeriest and most engrossing work yet, delves into a virtually unknown chapter of American history - Vermont's eugenics project of the 1920s and '30s - to provide a compelling study of the things that come back to haunt us - literally and figuratively. Do we love across time or in spite of it?
©2003 Jodi Picoult (P)2003 Simon & Schuster
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"Almost like reading Stephen King"
I have always enjoyed Jodi Picoult's books, but this is the first one that made me forget it was her writing and not my favorite author, Stephen King. Great story! I didn't want it to end.
My favorite book of all time, next to To Kill a Mockingbird. I've listened to it 3 times.
"Hard to follow"
I've read almost every book this author has published and this was my least favorite. So many characters and story lines I found myself dreading to open it back up again but I kept hoping it would get better. Somehow it never did. Very disappointing.
I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I loved the characters and how rich the narratives were. I highly recommend it.
Engaging story to the end. characters you can relate too.
leaves you wanting more.
around great read
I liked the twists, but sometimes it took too long to get there.
It's a great book for anyone who loves Jodi's work. A must read.
I gave it a 5 star because it kept me coming back for more, I listen to the book in my car on my way to work every day. Some days I have to turn it on at work - when the coast is clear!
"long book wish never ended"
so hard to keep up with it. the beginning, not a book you can multi task with....so so with the time investment. ❤
"Not Picoult's Best"
I have been a Picoult fan for years and read/listened to many of her books. This is my least favorite of all. Does not even seem to be the same author. Some previous reviews also mention a similarity to Stephen King in this story (who I also like). I did not get that, and found the story to be just unbelievable.
"Supernatural at it's best!"
Page Turner and a bittersweet story told by a master story teller! Could not put book down until finished
This is unlike other of her books I have read. I like a good ghost story though and enjoyed this one. A really far fetched story, but what ghost story isn't? I liked the history regarding the eugenics movement in the United States, and the information regarding the work Meredith did with stem cell research. All in all, a good read if you like these kinds of stories which I do, so I would recommend it.
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